Learning how to create the perfect French braid or other type of braid is a bit difficult when you don’t really know what you’re doing. Lionesse would like to offer up a few helpful tips and tricks to make the process a little less painful and stressful, and provide you with some easy-to-do ideas to make your braids as stand out pretty and gorgeous as possible.
Adding Texture and Volume
Use dry shampoo to add texture to hair before creating braids to get the look you desire. By adding dry shampoo, you will add texture. By adding a volumizing mousse or spray, you will give the hair lift and give it the appearance of being thicker, giving the braid a thicker appearance in turn. Always use these products before completing the braid. Also, reserve the hairspray to finish the look – don’t use it during the braiding process, as it can leave hair stiff and sticky – and that never looks good on a braid.
Don’t Overuse Products
No matter what product you plan on using, don’t overdo it. Whether its hairspray, volume spray, mousse, or dry shampoo, you don’t want to overuse any type of product to complete a braid. It can be difficult to run the fingers through the hair to complete the actual braid itself if your hair is filled with product, so stay on the lighter side.
Two Strand Braid Simplified
If creating any sort of three strand or more braid is proving to be a bit too difficult, a simple trick to get the look of a braid is to take your hair, twist it into two separate pieces, intertwine them in different directions, and secure with a clear elastic pony tail holder. Simple, easy, and very braid like, this look is a quick fix for a bad hair day in a snap.
Turn Clean Braids Messy
You never want to create a braid messy, but create a messy braid from a clean braid. All you need to do is create the braided look you want, and mess the hair up by pulling sections looser after the braid is completed. You can get this look by using bobby pins, and we will tell you how in a few minutes.
Always Work With Dry Hair
Anytime you create a braid, you want to work with dry hair. Working with wet hair may be easier to braid, however; it can cause damage to the hair itself by causing the hair to break as it’s at its most elastic point. Whether you work with hair that has been blow dried, air dried, or not recently washed, your best bet is to use dry hair.
Use Bobby Pins to Pull Hair Loose
If you are trying to opt for a messy braid, a fun, easy way to give your braid a bit of a messy, loose look is to take a bobby pin and pull upwards on sections of the braid, causing them to become looser and more dramatic. This is a fantastic trick and doesn’t leave the hair looking bumpy, as fingers can do.